DARIEN, Conn. – A 67-year-old Darien man was busted on charges of selling "large quantities of Oxycodone from his home," which is located near Middlesex Middle School, police said.
Benjamin Bruno Jr. was arrested Wednesday at his home at 10 Henry St., Darien police said.
Over the past two weeks, the Darien Police Detective Division and Selective Enforcement Unit developed information that Bruno was selling prescription narcotics out of his home, police said.
Darien detectives, with assistance from the Stamford Police Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit, "conducted controlled purchases of Oxycodone from Bruno at his residence," police said.
"Due to the nature of this crime and that it was taking place within very close proximity to Middlesex Middle School, officers swiftly applied for and were granted warrants for Bruno’s arrest and for the search of his residence," police said.
On Wednesday, officers conducted a surveillance of Bruno’s residence and at 12:30 p.m. saw him leave his home and walk to a neighbor’s driveway, police said.
At that point, officers moved in and took Bruno into custody without incident, police said.
At the time of his arrest, Bruno had $1,800 in cash in his possession, police said.
Officers then executed the search warrant on Bruno’s residence and found over 75 pills of Oxycodone and Oxycontin, more than an ounce of Marijuana, and packaging material and equipment "clearly indicating Bruno was also selling marijuana out of his residence," police said.
Bruno was arrested and charged with:
- two counts of sale of a controlled substance;
- two counts of sale of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school;
- possession of a controlled substance; and
- possession of marijuana with intent to sell.
Bruno posted $5,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Nov. 20.
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